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Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)

Washington DC & Alexandria VA

LANAP

LANAP Washington DC & Alexandria VA

LANAP
Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum disease is an increasingly common inflammatory condition of the bone and gums surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, a number of issues can develop, such as swelling and/or bleeding gums, or gums to begin to recede. Gum recession occurs when the margin of gum tissue that surrounds your teeth begins to pull back or wear, resulting in more of your teeth or their roots being exposed. In addition to longer looking teeth and visible roots, other common symptoms of gum recession include increased tooth sensitivity, bleeding, inflammation, and halitosis. An increasing number of studies also indicate that chronic inflammation of the gums can lead to systemic inflammation, which increases your risk of developing serious health issues, such as dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, or heart disease.

To prevent or reverse gum disease, your periodontist may recommend LANAP. As the only FDA-approved laser treatment for managing periodontal disease, along with a growing body of research that supports the efficacy of its administration, LANAP has become one of the most effective treatment options for addressing gum disease.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about LANAP, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment for a procedure, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.

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Dr. Justin Zalewsky

Dr. Zalewsky

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, then went on to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Dr.Daru

Dr. Daru

Dr. Antara Daru, a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, then went on to University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dentistry where she received her Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

LANAP® vs. Conventional Gum Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, there are essentially two treatment options: traditional gum surgery or LANAP. Although both approaches can be effective treatment options, there are some important differences between the two approaches that are important to be aware of, the most important being that the traditional approach restores periodontal pocket depth by removing diseased tissue, whereas LANAP restores periodontal pocket depth by promoting regeneration.

Unlike LANAP, which is a scalpel and suture free procedure, traditional gum surgery will involve a flap being made in your gums using a scalpel in order to provide access to your jawbone and the roots of your teeth. Once this flap is made, your periodontist will then remove the bacteria and tartar and examine the bone for any defects, after which the gums are sutured in place and allowed to heal.

In LANAP laser gum therapy, there are not sutures or scalpels used. The LANAP procedure will begin with an initial evaluation of your gums and pocket depths. In some cases, a local anesthetic will be applied to the area(s) being treated. Next, the teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and the laser light will remove the gum tissue that has become diseased. Next, any tartar that has accumulated along the roots of the tooth will be removed using ultrasonic scalers. Finally, the laser will be used to heat up the blood in the pocket, which creates a seal that will disinfect and protect this corrected pocket from plaque and germs. As an added benefit, the laser will naturally stimulate the stem cells, which in turn will facilitate the formation of more bone, connective tissue, and collagen. After this is complete, your periodontist will evaluate the surgical results and make any last adjustments if necessary.

Benefits Of LANAP

The benefits of LANAP include the following:

  • Comfort: LANAP is significantly less invasive than traditional methods for treating periodontal disease, which reduces the need for post-operative pain medication and results in less pain in general.
  • Faster Healing Time: Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the body will heal much faster and patients can return to their daily routines almost immediately.
  • Significant Reduction in Bleeding and Inflammation: In just one visit, LANAP can remove 90% of a patient’s inflammation, and the procedure controls bleeding by forming clots.
  • Targeted Treatment: LANAP removes damaged tissue without causing any recession of the gum line, which means patients can preserve their smile’s natural appearance.
  • Bone Regeneration: LANAP is an effective method for encouraging the regeneration of bone tissue.
  • Saves Teeth: In some cases, LANAP will ensure that patients can keep their natural teeth, when an extraction would have been needed otherwise.
  • Safe: There are zero contraindications associated with LANAP.

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We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form.

LANAP Cost

The cost of LANAP will depend on a variety of factors, including your dental insurance plan, whether or not additional procedures are required, and the severity of your case.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring that money is not a deterrent to our patients receiving the optimal dental health care they deserve. For this reason, we offer a range of payment options regardless of what type of treatment you are having, which our staff will be happy to explain and assist with. Our office insurance coordinators work with other insurance companies to assist patients with their claims.

For your convenience, Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover). Our clinic also accepts CareCredit, a financing option for procedures and treatments not typically covered by insurance, or when insurance does not cover the entire cost. We are happy to provide an application in our office or you can apply online at www.carecredit.com.

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Providing you with Optimal Care

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are proud to provide optimal care for patients in the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, and are dedicated to collaborating with your dentist to provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment, we are also committed to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment, with amenities such as personal movie screens, neck pillows, and soft blankets available regardless of what procedure you are having performed.

To schedule your appointment for LANAP, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile!

Washington DC

2311 M Street NW Suite 500
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 296-3360

Alexandria VA

4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-2422